Mary Brust lives in Burlington, Vermont and started leading trips in college as a wilderness leader for the outing club at the University of Vermont. She spent five summers teaching sailing and three seasons guiding backpacking and mountaineering trips for high schools students in the Northwest United States during college and the years just after. Mary then taught high school and middle school science and social studies for nearly nine years, volunteering at a school for Tibetan refugees in northern India and getting a Masters Degree in Education along the way. She spent 3 of those years at the American International School in Chennai, India, where she also started studying dance and music and travelling the length and breadth of the country every chance she got. Upon moving back to the US, she teamed up with a friend to run to the Vermont Global Village Project, which she subsequently directed for 12 years, bringing primarily high school students to Ghana and India for month-long cultural immersion trips. She has travelled both with her husband and independently through many countries in Africa, with multiple trips to Cameroon and Ghana. Her full-time job is as an owner and trainer at Triple Combination Farm in Ferrisburgh, Vermont where she teaches riding and trains event horses. She stills dances and still travels every winter.